Working with Certificates in PowerShell

When working with customers, it’s often necessary to look at the certificates in place on their servers and clients.  Typically, we have done the following to access these certificates: On the designated machine, open an MMC (usually by selecting the Run window and typing MMC) Within the MMC, select File\Add/Remove Snap-ins… Choose Certificates from the…

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Using Extended Events to Find Blocks in SQL Server 2012

As a ConfigMgr admin there are times when it may be necessary to determine why SCCM is responding more slowly than normal.  One possibility when conducting this analysis is a slowdown on SQL Server itself.  In this article, I’ll talk briefly about one reason SQL might become non-responsive and how to identify what’s going on….

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How to Increase Verbose Logging for SMSTS.LOG

I decided to write this brief blog to provide a link to another blog article by Frank Rojas that describes how to enable verbose logging for SMSTS.LOG during Operating System Deployments.  The link to that article is here: How To Change Logging Options For SMSTS.log in System Center Configuration Manager I admit I decided to…


Incorrect Deployment of Database Replica in SCCM 2012 May Cause Client “Fast Channel” Notification Problems

Recently, I learned about an issue in which customers running SCCM 2012 SP1 and above  might receive large numbers of .BOS files in the bgb.box/bad folder on their Primary Site server.   BGB is more commonly known as Client “Fast Channel” Notification and it’s a new feature starting with SCCM 2012 SP1.  If you’re having this…

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Resolving Errors with Duplicate ConfigMgrEndpoint Certificates

  Overview When setting up database replicas for management points in ConfigMgr 2012, it is possible that you could end up with a duplicate certificate in place when trying to configure SQL Broker. This article outlines that scenario and offers a way to resolve it. Scenario Recently while working with a customer to set up…

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Windows Intune Connector in SCCM 2012 R2 Fails to Synchronize Users

  Overview Recently, a customer reported an issue to me with the following symptoms. His infrastructure has an on-premises Active Directory forest and leverages Microsoft Intune as a component of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 R2 to manage his mobile devices. In the pilot phase of his project, he attempts to synchronize users he…


Shared Memory and the Application Catalog

  Summary When a company deploys the Application Catalog as part of their System Center Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure, a website is made available to their users to access software advertised to them. If the Application Catalog is unavailable, users cannot access this software. By default this website is: http://<Server FQDN>/CMApplicationCatalog/#/SoftwareLibrary/AppListPageView.xaml Problem When accessing the…


Troubleshooting Security for Packages during SCCM 2007 to 2012 R2 Migration

  Summary In a recently opened case, a customer reported that he was receiving errors when attempting to migrate content from his SCCM 2007 environment to his SCCM 2012 R2 infrastructure. When looking in migctrl.log, the following error was found: ERROR: [MigMCtrl]: FAILED to EXECUTE job. error = Unknown error 0x80131500, 80131500 SMS_MIGRATION_MANAGER 6/17/2014 7:32:23…


Adding Accounts to Database Roles in SQL Server 2012

The blog post below may be very simple to some admins who are familiar with SQL Server 2012, but recently I ran across an article about configuring SQL database replicas for Management Points in ConfigMgr 2012.  In that article, there was a step asking me to add a computer account to the db_datareader role in…

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